Golden Age

Golden Age


The bestselling novel by cult writer Wang Xiaobo, a satire of the Cultural Revolution, in its first full English translation

'Wang Xiaobo is a truly unique writer, and there are very few writers like him' Ai Weiwei

'Fills the reader with aching poignancy, and yet makes them want to laugh out loud' Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans

Twenty-one year old Wang Er, stationed in a remote mountain commune, spends his days herding oxen, napping and dreaming of losing his virginity. His dreams come true in the shape of the beautiful doctor Cheng Qinyang. So begins the riotously funny story of their illicit love affair, the Party officials who enjoy their forced confessions a little too much, and Wang's life under the Communist regime: his misadventures as a biology lecturer in a Beijing university, and his entanglements with family, friends and lovers. Golden Age is an explosive, subversive, wild and hilarious satire, featuring one of literature's great protagonists, a sensation when it was published in the 1990s and beloved today.


  • Some of the funniest writing on sex I have encountered ... Through a colourful cast of characters the writer satirises a society in which the Cultural Revolution continued to shape behaviour for decades
    Ankita Chakraborty, Observer

About the author

Wang Xiaobo

Wang Xiaobo was born in 1952. From 1968 to 1970, he worked on a farm in Yunnan, China, as an 'educated' youth. He published Golden Age in 1992, first in Taiwan, but publication in China soon followed, where it was an immediate success, still topping bestseller lists today. Wang Xiaobo died of a heart attack in 1997, at the age of forty-four.
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